Tonight, the Democratic candidates for president will debate in Cleveland just one week before Ohio's pivotal primary. Most analysts expect America's lobbyist-written trade policies to take center stage in the Buckeye State — a place hit hard by trade-related job losses and wage cuts.
In the lead-up to this debate, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have been sparring over the North American Free Trade Agreement — a proxy battle over the larger issue of trade. Undoubtedly, this NAFTA argument will bleed into the Tuesday night debate, and so here is an objective look at the issue of trade and the records of both candidates that you might want to keep next to you as the rhetoric starts to fly. You can find this debate primer including polls and the past statements of Obama and Clinton on trade at the Campaign for America's Future at:http://www.ourfuture.org/blog-entry/ohio-debate-primer-trade